Pro-Life Congressman Steve Austria Defends Religious Liberty
Reasoning Questioned for Censorship of Bishop’s Letter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309
(COLUMBUS) – Today Congressman Steve Austria (R – Beavercreek) sent a letter to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army questioning the Army Chief of Chaplains’ recent decision to disregard a letter sent to them by Archbishop Timothy Broglio on behalf of the Catholic Church. Bishop Broglio’s letter expresses concern over the Department of Health and Human Services’ rule requiring coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient services.
“The Obama administration has entirely overstepped its boundaries once again by outwardly censoring the voice of a religious institution,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis. “This is an attack on American freedom unlike any we have seen in recent years. Ohio Right to Life is grateful to Congressman Austria for taking a stand against this blatant and direct threat to religious liberty.”
The rule announced last month by the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services
requires health plans to cover all FDA-approved forms of contraception which include both Plan B and Ella, forms of “emergency contraception” or the morning-after pill. There is significant evidence that these drugs can act as abortifacients by preventing a human embryo from implanting in the womb.
Ohio Right to Life thanks Congressman Austria for his immediate action in response to such injustices as those related to the Obama rule. To read Congressman Austria’s letter, click here.